Space Art – Three Small Exoplanets

This artist’s concept depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system — so compact, in fact, that it’s more like Jupiter and its moons than a star and its planets. Astronomers using data from NASA’s Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes recently confirmed that the system, called KOI-961, hosts the three smallest exoplanets known so far to orbit a star other than our sun.

Mini Planetary System

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech